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10 online platforms that are good for readers

Reading opens your mind and makes you think faster and more than you can ever imagine. Here are ten online platforms that can help you read quality books.

Open library

Open Library is an online project intended to create “one web page for every book ever published”. Created by Aaron Swartz, Brewster Kahle, Alexis Rossi, Anand Chitipothu, and Rebecca Malamud, Open Library is a project of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization. It is a very good source to get amazing books.
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Powell’s Books

Powell’s Books is a chain of bookstores in Portland, Oregon, and its surrounding metropolitan area. Powell’s headquarters, dubbed Powell’s City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.
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Alibris

Alibris is an online store that sells new books, used books, out-of-print books, rare books, and other media through an online network of independent booksellers.
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BookFinder

BookFinder.com is a vertical search website that helps readers buy books online. The site’s meta-search engine scans the inventories of over 100,000 booksellers located around the world.
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Amazon

Amazon Books integrates offline shopping with the benefits of the Amazon.com community to help you find items you’ll love – books, devices, toys, games, and more. Explore books. They select books based on Amazon.com customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads, and their curators’ assessments.
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Google Books

Google Books is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database.
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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education. No fee or registration!
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AddAll.com

The book search and book price comparison agent is built to ease online book shopping.
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Book Cover Archive

Next time you feel the need for a little visual inspiration, head directly to The Book Cover Archive and be prepared
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Wattpad

Wattpad is an Internet community for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres, including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, fan-fiction, spiritual, humor, and teen fiction.
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Super tips on to make Reading a Habit

Reading is very important. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy.

The benefits of reading include

  • Stress Reduction.
  • Knowledge gain.
  • Vocabulary Expansion.
  • Memory Improvement.
  • Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills.
  • Improved Focus and Concentration.
  • Better Writing Skills.

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Here are some few tips you can apply to make reading a habit:

Steps

1. Set aside time to read every day. It may be just 5-10 minutes that you have to spare, but crack a book open at least once a day.

2. Keep a book with you at all times so you can read during any free time you have throughout the day.

3. If the book really doesn’t grab your attention, it’s okay to walk away from it. Read the first chapter or so and if you’re not interested, move on. But, if you’re really into what you’re reading, you won’t be able to put the book down and reading will be fun. Choose books that seem interesting to you

4. Join a group that reads books that you know will be interesting. If you really like fantasy books, join a fantasy book group.

5. Make a space that you will love lounging in while you’re reading. Make sure it is comfortable and inviting. It is also essential that the space has good lighting so you don’t strain your eyes. Have a plate of snacks and tea or coffee nearby to enjoy while you read.